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There are a lot of common misconceptions surrounding real estate agents and real estate in general. Let us set the record straight by debunking these 7 common real estate myths: 

Myth #1 — Agents get incentives to recommend lenders/title companies/inspectors.

This is definitely untrue—against the law, actually—thanks to the 1974 instatement of RESPA: the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. This law prevents any type of kickbacks or favors to real estate agents from vendors which means that any recommendation from an agent is typically based on his/her experience with that particular individual. By recommending them, the agent is only trying to make sure you have an efficient process. 

Myth #2 — Real estate agents try to upsell you to make

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events, happening locally from Friday, March 4 to Friday, March 11.

Saturday, March 5

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera featuring Seth Carico

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad Street 
Cost: $21-$81

Versatile bass-baritone Seth Carico, a Signal Mountain native, made his theatre debut at age nine in Signal Mountain Playhouse's "The King and I.” Now, he's an active opera performer in Berlin and one of the busiest bass-baritone's in the industry. Seth will perform some of his Broadway favorites as well as selections from opera works in which he has performed.

Sunday, March 6

East Tennessee Music Collectors Show

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: East Ridge Community Center,

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If you’ve noticed the ‘For Sale’ sign in the yard next door has finally gone and been replaced with a moving truck, it’s about time to introduce yourself to your new neighbors! 

Beyond creating important community ties, a friendly watchful neighbor can be an amazing person to have in your corner. If you are leaving an empty home behind to go on vacation, it’s great to know someone has your back if they see a strange car in your drive. 

Foster a great neighbor to neighbor relationship from the get go by introducing yourself—and come bearing gifts! 

Here are our top six favorite housewarming gifts:

  1. Baked Goods

A basket of cookies, a cake or a loaf of freshly baked bread is a great way to let a new neighbor know they are

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events, happening locally from Friday, February 26 to Friday, March 4.

Saturday, February 27

Chattanooga ZineFest 2016 Workshop Series

When: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad Street
Cost: Free

Ever wanted to start your own zine? Or maybe you’re curious about what they’re all about? Up until the Chattanooga Public Library’s annual Chattanooga ZineFest event in May, the library has been hosting a free workshop series each month to help guests get ready for the show. If you're new to zines, don't know where to even start or are just curious, the three-hour workshops consist of 4 short sessions that will present a general overview of narrative content present in both

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If you're looking for delicious Italian food, Chattanooga does not disappoint! Check out our insider's guide to Italian eating in the Scenic City. 

Most Authentic

Boccaccia

3077 South Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408

This Chattanooga hidden gem is located just between downtown and St. Elmo in the old Southern Saddlery Building. Although it’s barely visible from the road, this tucked away restaurant offers the most authentic Italian dining experience in the city. With a brick interior and a quiet ambiance, Boccaccia is the perfect place for a romantic date night out. We recommend the Orecchiette con Salsiccia alla Piemontese, an orecchietta pasta with braised Italian sausage, roasted peppers and fresh goat cheese—yum! 

Menu:

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events, happening locally from Friday, February 19 to Friday, February 26.

February 19-28

Rogers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma

When: Feb. 19-20 and 25-27 from 7-10 p.m.; Feb. 21 and 28 from 2-5 p.m. 
Where: The Arts Center - Athens Area Council for the Arts, 320 North White Street, Athens, TN
Cost: $8 - $15

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma is set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century. The high–spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. For more information, visit athensartscouncil.org.

Saturday, February 20

Hunter

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Great staging is so important to the home selling process. If you want to sell your home quick, a little bit of effort can go a long way. Check out our top 5 tips for staging your home:

1. Banish the Clutter

One of the most important parts of home staging is decluttering and organizing. Having too many items filling a room makes your space look small and chaotic. One creative way to declutter is to try your hand at the 12-12-12 Challenge. Every day up until the home is officially on the market, make it your mission to locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate and 12 items to be returned to their proper home. By completing this challenge, you’ve quickly organized 36 things in your home without it feeling as much like drudgery. Try to

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You have your closing date scheduled, and it’s almost time to sell your place or get the keys to your new home! Here’s a few things to expect as you’re making your way to the closing table:

Be Adaptable

Even though the date has been scheduled, there are often delays that are out of yours or your Realtor’s control. With your paperwork filtering through the hands of the lender, the underwriters and/or the closing attorney, there are many opportunities for hiccups along the way. Although this can be inconvenient with scheduling your move, be sure to have a back-up plan of a place to stay and know the cancellation policy of your moving company in the event that there’s a slight delay in your closing day.

What to Bring

Your title company,

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events, happening locally from Friday, January 29 to Friday, February 5.

Friday, January 29 - Sunday, February 7

A Bear Called Paddington Live on Stage

When: Specific times available online
Where: Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River Street
Cost: $10

Anyone familiar with Paddington—who was found in Paddington Station by the Browns and adopted by them—will welcome this play. These stories have been favorites with children for years and this series of "playlet" versions of some of his most notorious adventures have been woven together to make a play that will delight young audiences everywhere. A delightful introduction to theater for Kindergarten through 3rd grade, but it will be enjoyed by all

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Most home buyers don’t realize that one of the best tools for staying organized while finding the perfect home is right in their back pocket—their smartphone. Here are five of our favorite apps for the home search process and beyond: 

AroundMe

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

You found a house that has good potential…but is it within walking distance to places you need? The AroundMe app quickly identifies where you are to show you a complete list of nearby businesses and attractions, including the distance from your current location. Search for the nearest grocery store, restaurant bank/ATM, bar, coffee shop, gas station, hospital, hotel, movie theater, restaurant, etc. and view every listing on a map.

Keller-Williams Realty Home Search

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